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General Assembly meeting closing statement

The monthly meeting of the national coalition for the revolutionary forces and the Syrian opposition was held in Istanbul and was attended by more than 60 members. The meeting lasted for two days during which members discussed the latest developments inside Syria in addition to political developments on the Arab, regional and international levels. The Members heard the latest reports and developments of military confrontations with Assad regime forces.  General Salim Idris, Chief of General Staff of free Syrian army, gave detailed presentation of the situation across Syria and answered questions regarding developments on the ground in many areas, most importantly in Ras Al-Ain, Homs, Darya and Deir al-Zour.   Plans and performance from different coalition offices were presented and discussed. Heads of media office, local councils support office, and humanitarian support office answered questions from members of the coalition and discussed action plans to improve the performance of these offices.   The participants decided to form a committee to move diplomatically and pressure the United Nations to stop delivery of any aid, approved under a plan to respond to Syria humanitarian needs last month, to the official Syrian institutions. Another committee was formed to resolve the crisis between Syrian...

The Syrian Coalition Presents Its Vision for a Transitional Period and Sends a Message to the International Community

Representatives of the Syrian Coalition (SC) took part in a conference hosted by the British Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the 9th and 10th of January, 2013 in Wilton Park, United Kingdom. The SC presented a draft vision for a transitional period based on a controlled gradual transition of power, ensuring that governmental institutions continue working in full function, troops withdrawal to their bases, collection of weapons from civilians, and mobilizing national efforts towards rebuilding Syria. The SC emphasized that the draft plan’s main goal is realizing the demands and objectives of the revolution, achieving the transition process with minimum human and material losses, and maintaining the state’s institutions in cooperation with defectors from the current regime. The SC presented specific demands to the international community for the current period and the transitional period after the fall of the regime; the demands were in the political, economic, military, and technological areas. The SC delegates also affirmed that a political solution must be in accordance with the ongoing military operations on the ground, and requested that the International Community fulfills its promises in Marrakech conference to the SC through its “Support” and “Local Councils” Units. The current efforts of the SC...

Press Release about the Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan for Syria

The Syrian Coalition (SC) appreciates all efforts to provide aid and assistance to the needy of the Syrian people, especially in the difficult times they are experiencing for nearly two years now. The decision to allocate the amount of $ 519 million for Syrians inside Syria, as part of the Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan launched by the United Nations on 19 December 2012, is one the most important of those efforts; however, the coalition expresses its deep concern about the management of this aid, or whether it reaches the real needy inside Syria. The plan* states that it aims at "supporting the Government of Syria’s efforts in providing humanitarian assistance to the affected populations," and that a “Steering Committee” will be “chaired by the Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs and Expatriates (or whomever he delegates)" and that “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates is the Government focal point in charge of the supervision of implementation of humanitarian projects" in addition to other administrative and logistical tasks! The SC sees a clear contradiction in dealing with the Syrian regime as a legitimate government doing its job like any other government, at the same time that the United Nations and its...

Assad Fails to Present a Political Solution and Continues to Commit Massacres

The speech by Bashar Assad confirms his incompetence as a head of state who realizes the grave responsibilities he carries during this critical time in Syria’s history. Furthermore, it demonstrates that he is incapable of initiating a political solution that puts forward a resolution for the country’s struggle and an exit for his regime with minimum losses because he cannot see himself and his narrow based rule except as remaining in power despite being rejected by his people and his traditional allies.   Assad repeated the talk about a national unity government, a national dialogue, and a new constitution – which is an acknowledgement of the failure and illegitimacy of the constitution that was passed and prepared under the supervision of his regime- at the same time as his militias commit massacres against the residents across Syria.   The Syrian Coalition believes the speech of Bashar Assad was a pre-emptive strike against both Arab and international diplomatic solutions equally. Meanwhile, the Coalition reaffirms its commitment to any solution that stops bloodshed and ensures the fulfillment of fundamental principles that have been agreed upon by most revolutionary and opposition forces, most important of which is the removal of Assad and the...

Statement Regarding the Massacre in Deir Baalbeh

On 29 December 2012, Assad’s forces and shabiha (pro-Assad militia) perpetrated a new cold-blooded massacre in Homs, particularly in the regions of Old Town and Deir Baalbeh, leaving 220 people killed--including men, women, and children. The Syrian army carried out an extensive military assault several days ago using all kinds of weapons and air forces in order to strike the brigades of the Free Syrian army, that had been trying to free civilians trapped in the region for months. After fierce resistance, rebels were forced to withdraw from the region of Deir Baalbeh. Soon after the withdrawal, pro-Assad militia and shabiha, mostly from the regions of Abbasiya and Zuhoor, took revenge on 40 families, who had not been able to flee. This recent massacre is yet another living example which reflects the regime's real intention to suppress the will of the Syrian people. This shameless act refutes the claims recently put in the media suggesting that Assad's regime is genuinely open for talks leading to a political solution. These claims are merely a mischievous attempt to allow Assad's regime more time to suppress the revolution. The National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces reiterate its firm stand with the...

The Formation of the Free National Union of Syrian State Employees

The National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces welcomes the formation of the Free National Union of Syrian State Employees, announced in Amman, Jordan on the 15th of December 2012, in order to organize the efforts of political defectors. It is worthy to note that political defectors are represented in the Coalition by Mr. Abdo Husam Eddin. Organizing the efforts and work of Syrian political defectors in an effective institutional framework sends an important message in this vital stage of the Syrian revolution. This provides an opportunity to capitalize on the experiences of these individuals and allow them to better contribute to building a new Syria and preserve local and civil state institutions. The Syrian Coalition sends a clear message to all public officials in the Syrian government asking them to defect and join the recently established Union. Such initiatives primarily aim to channel the efforts and create an institutional mechanism in all fields based on levels of contribution in the revolution. These efforts also allow for a complete synchronization and unification of the various specialized groups to work within the Coalition in an attempt to assert the true representation of all Syrian revolutionary forces and direct their efforts...

Halfaya: Blood Sacrificed for Bread

The criminal regime has committed another massacre in the city of Halfaya (Province of Hama), killing more than 200 innocent civilians and wounding hundreds of civilians, adding another crime to its criminal record and another blow to international values in general. In a stark disdain towards all principles, laws and universally recognized norms that the international community has developed to protect human beings and ensure its basic rights and dignity, Assad’s terrorist regime has committed another crime against humanity when it targeted children, women and men who went out to get their scarce daily bread ration, just to find instead death and bombs waiting for them to turn them into torn pieces on the pavement of their city, Halfaya. The criminal Assad regime not only failed to secure bread for the Syrian people (in spite of his claims to the contrary), it even resents the fact that the Joint Military Council was able to secure its supplies and prevent starvation of citizens. The regime shelled one of the bakeries in Halfaya in order to simply annihilate its residents. This latest massacre took place under the support and watch of Russian and Iranian regimes. The National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and...

National Coalition: The Iranian Initiative is a Desperate Attempt to Prolong the Life of the Regime

As the free forces of the Syrian people accomplish one decisive political and military victory after another, the regime and its allies keep on launching lackluster and overdue political initiatives.  The Iranian initiative represents one example of these desperate attempts to throw a lifeline to the inevitably sinking ship of the Assad regime. After nearly two years since the beginning of the Syrian Revolution, one of the greatest revolutions for freedom in modern history, the Assad regime in Tehran still considers this Revolution just a political dispute between two parties, not knowing which one is the executioner and which one is the victim.  The Iranian regime continues to offer proposals, which do not provide a real solution to stop the bloodshed in Syria, and do not recognize the right of the Syrian People to decide their destiny and choose the political regime they want, a free and democratic one. The Iranian regime refuses to believe that what is happening in Syria is a revolution whose goal is liberation from the authoritarian and oppressive regime, and that this revolution is about to achieve complete victory.  The Iranian regime also refuses to admit that supporting this falling regime only adds to the...

Press Release: National Coalition’s Position on Russian Civilians in Syria

Media outlets reported statements made by Syrian opposition figures claiming that any Russian civilian in Syria is a target by the Syrian revolution because of Russia’s support to the Assad regime.   At the same time as the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces condemns the policies and practices of the Russian government and its stand in support of the Assad regime politically and militarily, it unequivocally states that the Russian government alone bears full responsibility of their actions without any blame to Russian civilians.   The National Coalition stresses that such statements do not represent the opinions, positions, or policies of the Coalition and are completely rejected based on the principles of the Syrian revolution, its ethical standards, interests and policies.   The Syrian Revolution and the National Coalition, being the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people condemns any attack on innocent civilians, regardless of their citizenship. When revolutionaries took up arms they did that in defense of their lives in the face of a brutal killing machine that has no mercy, and in the goal of attaining freedom and dignity.   This moral position by the Syrian revolution and the National Coalition treats all people...

Joint Statement by the Chief of the Syrian Military Joint Command and the National Coalition

In response to the legitimate demands of the Syrian people in their struggle for freedom, a meeting was held between the President and members of the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces and the Chief and members of the Syrian Military Joint Command.   The present members reaffirmed the popular demand of toppling the regime and all its figures, dismantling the Assad loyal security forces, and empowering the Syrian people to take their destiny into their hands and defend themselves by bringing down the regime and accelerating the forming of the interim government to end the suffering of the Syrian people.

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